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an ill-founded argument. In all appearance, they will be great rivals. Shippen was in great rage at Murray's apostasy2; if anything can really change his principles, possibly this competition may. To-morrow we, shall have a tougher battle on the sixteen thousand Hanoverianss. Hanover is the word given out for this winter: there is a most bold pamphlet come out, said to be Lord Marchmont's, which affirms that in every treaty made since the accession of this family, England has been sacrificed to the interests of Hanover, and consequently insinuates the incompatibility of the two. Lord Chesterfield says, ' that if we have a mind effectually to prevent the Pretender from ever obtaining this crown, we should make him Elector of Hanover, for the people of England will never fetch another king from thence.'
Adieu! my dear child. I am sensible that I write you short letters, but I write you all I know. I don't know how it is, but the wonderful seems worn out. In this our day, we ^ave no rabbit-women*—no elopements—no epic poems5, finer than Milton's—no contest about Harlequins and Polly Peachems. Jansen6 has won no more estates, and the Duchess of Queensberry7 is grown as tame as her
2  Murray belonged to a Jacobite family.
3   On   December   10,   1742,   Sir William. Yonge (Secretary at War), proposed a grant of £637,000 to defray the cost of 16,000 Hanoverian troops for the defence of Hanover from 1742-43.
* An allusion to Mary Tofts (d. 1763), an impostor, "who pretended to give birth to rabbits.
5  This alludes to the extravagant encomiums   bestowed  on   Glover's Leonidas,   by the  young   Patriots. Walpole.
6  H. Jansen, a celebrated gamester, •who cheated the late Duke of Bed-ford of an immense sum : Pope hints at that affair, in this line,
' Or when a Duke to Jansen punts at White's.' Walpole.
7 Lady Catherine Hyde (d. 1777), second daughter of fourth Earl of Clarendon; m.(1720) Charles Douglas, third Duke of Queensberry. She was noted for her beauty (which she retained till her death), and for her eccentricities, which bordered upon insanity. Her wit and kind-heartedness gained for her the friendship of several of the most eminent men. of letters of her day—amongst others Congreve, Thomson, Pope, Gay, Whitehead, and Prior. The last celebrated her in his poem The Female Phaeton, to which Horace Walpole added a stanza, in praise of her beauty in her old age.